I hope I am posting this on the correct forum. I have posted everything else here, and am not sure if this should be on one of the other forums. If so, I apologize.
I took the car and parked it about a mile or so up the road so I could look at some other milkweed plants. The first thing I noticed were eggs. I have not seen any eggs previously, but you guys have been kind enough to post pictures so I knew what to look for. I guess they were monarch eggs, but am not positive if any other butterflies lay eggs in milkweed. I did not take any as I figured if I couldnt even raise a one or two instar caterpillar, who am I thinking I can raise an egg!!
On a side note, I have upgraded the caterpillar's condition that I have written about on other posts from dead to very, very sick. I was about to give him a burial at sea when I saw movement and couldnt do it. Whether this is actual movement or not, I am not sure, but I just couldnt flush him. Part of him looks like it is turning brown, too. Not a pretty site. I couldnt bear to flush him 'just in case' and I couldnt stand to look at him, so he is out on my balcony. Maybe the fresh air will do him good. Yeah, right.
Anyway, I did see some eggs but dont feel equipped to try to raise them. I just left them where they were. I did not find any caterpillars and I did walk about half a mile or so. I found the same bugs that I have been finding on the milkweed by my apartment, plus I did see something interesting that I had not seen before. On about three plants, I saw something that looked like the texture of a cocoon, but not the shape of one. Each one seemed to be holding an insect inside. They were not spider webs or at least not like any I had seen before. I couldnt tell if whatever was inside was prey or had this cocoon like material around it for its protection.
Maybe I will try my hand at raising some eggs at some point, but I have lost my confidence right now!